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Virginia DUI Arrests During the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Increased

Posted on Dec 23, 2010
Virginia State Police warned motorists prior to the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday period to not drive drunk. There were 75% of the Virginia State Police force working during the five-day Thanksgiving period as part of the Operation C.A.R.E. initiative, and they warned motorists they were going to be out in full force cracking down on DUIs this year. However, the post holiday weekend report indicated that motorists did not listen to the warning. In fact, there were more Virginia DUI arrests made this year than during the previous year.

The five-day holiday weekend (Wednesday through Sunday) brought about many fatalities on the roadway and hundreds of DUI arrests. State troopers arrested 175 drivers for driving under the influence, and 119 of these arrests took place on a Virginia interstate. This is a 33% increase from last year. In 2009, there were 132 DUI arrests in Virginia made during the same holiday weekend.

As DUI arrests went up, fatalities over the five-day weekend went down. Nine people were killed in Virginia car accidents this year as opposed to 16 people who died the previous year. One of the fatalities during the 2010 holiday weekend period was alcohol-related. Police say that six of the traffic deaths involved motorists not wearing their seat belts.

In addition to the fatalities and DUI arrests, Virginia police cited 2,780 people for reckless driving, 10,116 drivers for speeding, 831 people for not wearing their seat belts, and 253 drivers for child safety restraint violations. There were also a total of 922 vehicle accidents during this same period.

We are saddened to hear of the lives lost during this 2010 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and send our thoughts and condolences to all the families and friends grieving the loss of a loved one.

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